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17 Foods That Start With The Letter H

Howdy! How often do you sit down and think to yourself, what foods start with H? 

How high has Helen heaved her heftiest haggis?? No one knows. 

But here are 17 foods that start with the letter H to satisfy your curiosity and help you make your own list for your next Halloween or Happy Holiday. (See what I did there?)

That’s enough corny for now! Happy H words!

Now, there’s a reason why hamburgers fare high on our list!

One of the most popular foods in the United States, hamburgers taste good, are easy to make, and are relatively inexpensive. I could go on with the list, but…

A hamburger, a round patty of ground beef fried or grilled, is typically served on a bun or roll and then garnished with many condiments.

We got this classic hamburger recipe for you.

2. Hazelnut

You might have already chanced upon this well-known ingredient in a certain, popular spread. 

Yes, THAT hazelnut!

Hazelnuts are nuts of any tree from the genus Corylus. They grow within protective husks and in clusters. 

When hazelnuts ripen, they drop from the husks and onto the ground, where they can be harvested.

You can buy both in-shell and shelled hazelnuts at grocery stores.

3. Hoagie

The love for hoagies just keeps getting more apparent by the day.

Hoagies are a submarine sandwich filled with Italian meats and cheeses; other toppings are also popular in some restaurants. 

Hoagies are similar to other sandwiches that have a variety of fillings tucked into a long roll, such as subs, heroes, and grinders, common around the country’s northeastern regions.

Have you ever seen the perfect hoagie? Well, (say no more.)

4. Hollandaise

Jets on holidays and chefs with hollandaise. Ah, the lap of luxury. When will I be sitting next to you?

Hollandaise is one of the favorite sauces of chefs and culinary critics around the world. 

It’s a rich, egg yolk-based sauce mixed with butter, emulsified with a hint of lemon juice; white wine vinegar is also used. A dash of cayenne is also a popular ingredient.

Here’s one of my favorite recipes that takes advantage of the classic hollandaise sauce.

5. Hoecake

Okay, not that it needs some explaining, but why hoecake?

Hoecake, which is a coarse cake made of cornmeal, got its name from the slave practice of cooking it on fieldwork tools called hoes.

A popular cake among minimalists, a hoecake features a thin, unleavened round made from the simplest batter: cornmeal, water, salt, crisp at its edges, and golden in patches.

6. Hot dog

Sorry, hotdog, you’re going to have to settle for sixth place in our list. 

Popular among kids and adults alike, a hot dog is a food that consists of dense pork, beef or turkey sausage. 

Hot dogs have technically been cooked already when packaged in the supermarket, like a salami or pepperoni, but reheated by grilling, steaming or boiling at home.

Hot dogs are usually served in a partially sliced bun.

So here’s the thing: Is a hot dog a sandwich? Discuss.

7. Ham

Uhmm, YUM?

Easily one of the most sought-after meats on every occasion, from holiday celebrations to a simple get-together, a ham is the hind leg of a hog.

Hams can be roasted, bone-in or out, akin to most other meat cuts. They can also be pre-cured and cooked in a variety of ways.

Did you know that there are many varieties of ham? Here they are.

8. Hummus

Typically made by blending chickpeas (garbanzo beans), tahini (ground sesame seeds), lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic in a food processor, this famous Middle Eastern dip and spread deserves an award not only for its delicious taste but also for its versatility. 

Curious how to make hummus? We’ve got it all laid out for you.

9. Hominy

Ever been to an authentic Mexican restaurant? If you’ve been to one, chances are you’ve come across hominy in its soups, stews, or casseroles.

Hominy is a food made from corn kernels that have been subjected to a chemical process which makes the grain more available for use in eating and cooking.

From pozole to black bean salad, here are a few recipes we curated that use hominy.

10. Huckleberry

No, not Huck in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer! I meant the real kind.

Huckleberries are real fruits. So real that they’re the state fruit of Idaho. 

Edible and quite tasty, huckleberries are small, round berries that resemble blueberries. Their colors range from bright red to blue and dark purple.

11. Halibut

Halibut refers to a group of three species of large flatfish in the right-eye flounder family. They are known for their versatility in cooking as they can be baked, deep-fried, steamed, or grilled.

Now get your taste buds feasting on this scrumptious pan-seared halibut with lemon caper sauce recipe.

12. Honeydew

Could there be anything sweeter and juicier on a summer day than a fleshy honeydew melon? 

The luscious fruit honeydew is the American name for the white Antibes, a variety of melon cultivated in Southern France and Algeria many centuries ago.

If you’ve got your eye on a couple of honeydew melons and want some recipes that use this yummy fruit, Food Network has you covered.

13. Haddock

Another important fish from the H crowd is haddock!

A member of the cod family famed for its mild flavor, a haddock comes with firm flesh and a moist texture. 

Though used interchangeably with cod, it features a slightly sweeter taste, making it the best white fish for smoking.

Haddock filets are sold fresh, smoked, or frozen.

14. Hubbard squash

Hubba, hubba, hubbard squash!

Also known as “green pumpkin” or “buttercup,” a hubbard squash is a type of winter squash found in most countries around the world. 

It can grow virtually anywhere, so long as there’s sunlight and a few months of warm weather.

Hubbard squash can be peeled and boiled, roasted, steamed, or sauteed. It can also be served as a side dish or used as a soup base or a pumpkin pie filling. 

Talk about versatility!

Here are many ways to enjoy this squash.

15. Horseradish

Most widely used as a condiment, there are many reasons why horseradish is sought by many. At the top of the list is its taste!

Native to Russia and Hungary, horseradish (the prepared variety) is made with grated horseradish root, vinegar, and salt.

Horseradish is at its most flavorful when it is freshly grated. Now, how about some dill and horseradish potato salad. 


16. Honey

If it tastes like honey….

Honey is a thick, golden liquid procured by some of the most industrious bees. Thank you, bees!

Touted as the world’s first sweetener, honey is made using the nectar of flowering plants, which is then saved inside the beehive for eating in times when food is scarce. 

Now I don’t want to belabor the science behind it. But you get the drift, right? Honey is love.

17. Hush puppy

What exactly is a hush puppy? Nope, not the shoe brand!

Hush puppies are small, deep-fried balls made from thick cornmeal-based batter. 

While most cooks have already made their versions of the traditional hush puppies, these are mainly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Some variations on the hush puppies recipe include crab, shrimp and okra, and muffins.

Foods That Start With H

Foods That Start With H

Heavenly and hands-down a must-have in your vocab, here are 17 foods that start with H!


  • Hamburger
  • Hazelnut
  • Hoagie
  • Hollandaise
  • Hoecake
  • Hot dog
  • Ham
  • Hummus
  • Hominy
  • Huckleberry
  • Halibut
  • Honeydew
  • Haddock
  • Hubbard squash
  • Horseradish
  • Honey
  • Hush puppy


  1. Choose two to three entries that you’ve already eaten or cooked.
  2. Let us know in the comment section how they taste!

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